This is the general session opening keynote
Creating meaningful content and putting it out there is a 21st century skill
- 1 trillion unique URLs out there on any given day – that’s a lot of content!
- Broadcasting Ourselves – 20 hours of video content being uploaded to Youtube every minute!
- Socializing – Facebook, Myspace, Twitter are the most popular sites right now
Classrooms need to transform into hubs of creativity – Blue Man group school as example (who knew they had a school?!?!) – The Blue School
Finding, analyzing, and synthesizing information in the 21st century – in a way that is relevant to our students – needs to be meaningful to our students – they want to be able to manipulate data (click!) – you can’t click a textbook
Digital Immigrant vs. Digital Native
- Digital camera vs “Camera” (aren’t they all digital?)
- Browsing vs. Google (or Youtube, Facebook, MySpace – all verbs)
- Email vs. Text
- Phone vs. Cell
Olympics of “texting” – These are the kids in our classrooms – how can we use these skills it to create content in the classroom (instead of banning the tools and sites they are using)
Example – poems in text speak – From TED
Twitter may be blocked – but you can use Discovery Ed Streaming Writing Prompt Builder to do the same type of thing – Also can use the SchoolFusion blogging or wiki tools
- allow students to demonstrate their grasp of a concept – synthesizing!
- creative outlet – more higher level thinking
- great for ELL instruction (we’ve seen this at our school)
- it is engaging – YouTube-like – “sell” it to students that way
7 elements of Digital Storytelling – not so different that with the written word
- Point of View
- A Dramatic Question
- Emotional Content
- Adding Your Voice
- Power of a Soundtrack
Student example – Pictures of You – nice! (try to find this video)
Creating digital stories is easier than you think – He is using PhotoBooth – can do it with Adobe Premier, too – can grab video segments from Discovery Streaming for this
Digital Storytelling does not have to be complicated – start with the basics
Web 2.0, Students, and Content Creation – 64% of teens are creating content already
- Crazy Talk – http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/ to create “Who am I?” quiz – nice for SOL review?
- Podcasting – campaign speeches example – phone.io (http://drop.io/home/phone) – phone in and turns text to mp3 – use for collaborating, podcasting, etc.
- Glogster – http://www.glogster.com/ – Poster yourself – interactive posters – be sure to join the education version
- Center for Media Literacy – http://medialit.org/ – alphabet using brands
- Facebook – Create profiles for literary figures (used Caesar as example – funny!) – create page outside of school, take screen shot, and then use in powerpoint….
- Wordle – http://www.wordle.net/ – I’m seeing this EVERYWHERE! – copy/paste speeches, literature, etc, to get/see the main ideas of the passage – copy/paste, but also manipulate = synthesis!